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Nakano and Hofmann ready for American challenge

Nakano and Hofmann ready for American challenge

Nakano and Hofmann ready for American challenge

While several MotoGP veterans and local riders are already familiar with the Laguna Seca circuit, others will discover this weekend one of the most challenging tracks of the calendar. Like many others, Kawasaki riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann racked up the miles on the Californian circuit before the Red Bull US Grand Prix… but on their PlayStation!

"I checked the track on Playstation, although it was the Gran Turismo car racing game," said Nakano. "It looks very technical and tough and 32 laps will not be easy. I will do a lot of scooter laps before practice, but I think the Kawasaki has some potential here, we have strong acceleration with the latest motor and good handling. With 11 corners maybe top speed is not so important, but I will understand more when I ride the ZX-RR on Friday."

"It is like a dream come true for me to be racing at Laguna Seca. When I was a kid in Japan I remember watching Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey on television, racing GPs here," commented Nakano. "Kevin is my racing hero, he was aggressive and fast, I really admire the way he raced. But I also now understand how much of a fighter and how good Wayne Rainey was as a rider."

His team-mate Alex Hofmann said: "I've done a thousand laps on Playstation to get ready for Laguna Seca and I can't wait, I'm ready for the challenge on a tough track."

"The track looks tricky and hard work, but also a lot of fun with not so many full throttle sections, which could benefit our latest ZX-RR engine set-up," explained the German. "I arrived in the US early to adapt to the time zone and take in the ambience of California, and do some training. I'm looking for a change of luck here, my recent results have been out of my control. Now I just hope I can go faster in real life at Laguna Seca than I did on the Playstation!"

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Shinya Nakano

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